Winners from August 27, 2010

1st Place: Sister by Caroline Bybee
Bybee's Sister is a perfectly-honed short work of staggering beauty. What makes Sister so stunning is Bybee's deft establishment of story, character, and scene while providing only the most essential details. No phrase, no detail, no single word of Sister is superfluous--it's a triumph of the micro-fiction form. Meanwhile, the story builds to a climax and final line that leaves one reeling and heart-sore. Readers: Sister is a real treat.
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2nd Place: Unbreakable by Rachel Kellis
In contrast to Bybee, Kellis gives readers rich, swirling concrete details that drive forward and develop the storyline of Unbreakable, an unusual telling of a teenage love story. Taking a personal, first-person tone, "Unbreakable" reads like a love-letter, but ends like a Poe thriller. Just as readers will appreciate the sparsity of Bybee's Sister, so too will readers appreciate the richness that permeates Kellis's piece.
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Featured Publication

A Pilot's Guide to Washington

This book is a guidebook for private aviators in Washington State, or folks visiting the State. Washington State is among the most beautiful and diverse states in the Union. There are flat and dry desserts, stunning basalt formations, towering mountains, rolling grass hills, thick rain forests, island archipelagos, and lakes and rivers and straits and sounds. Well, one sound. And we have roughly a billion airports to visit. (I'm exaggerating slightly.) It would be shame to be a pilot living in or visiting Washington State and not deeply partake of the richness of this opportunity.

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